Calendars Fill Quickly, Schedule Your Mammogram Early

Ladies, ever book a doctor’s appointment in advance?  What about your mammogram? 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and scheduling your mammogram now may help you:

  • Book time on the calendar
  • Make sure your preferred location is in-network
  • Register for the Rewards and Incentives program, you may earn a $25 reward

Here are some thoughts on how you can get ready for your mammogram. These tips might help make your screening day easier.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

Wondering what to do before your exam?  Johns Hopkins Medicine offers facts about mammograms here.

The goal of cancer screening exams, like a mammogram, is to find cancers at an early enough stage to treat them with success.

  • Wear what’s comfortable, as you’ll undress from your waist up and wear a gown.
  • Skip wearing perfume, deodorant, or powder as they may look like white spots in the x-ray.
  • Be ready to talk about any breast changes or symptoms with your health care team.

Also, if you’re seeing a new doctor or changing your mammogram screening location, have earlier mammograms sent to the new place before your appointment. This will let the radiologist compare the images and check for changes in your breasts. 

Mammogram Screening Results

After your mammogram, your results will be sent to your doctor for review.  Next, you’ll likely see a letter in the mail with your results.  

Your doctor will know what’s best for you and when you should have your next screening, and the letter may have recommendations for next steps. Follow up with your doctor for any questions you might have. 

Prevention has its Rewards!

Why not treat yourself for caring for your health?  Now that you’ve had your mammogram, you may earn a $25 gift card. Medicare Advantage members can earn rewards for taking better care of themselves. Just a friendly reminder, registration is needed.

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